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The Herald Angels
by RICHARD DARKER SHELTON DRAWING by H. HEYER On the Still Winter Air Roee the Three Childieh Volcee. L HE nursery rang with the chlldlßh voices. “Hark, the herald angels s - lng —” ’ “That’s too high. Wait a min ute!” “Hark, the her ald—” “That’s better. Now, Seraphina! Now, Tbad!" “Hark, the herald angels si-lng, Glory to the new- T born King—” "Seraphina. can't you take that piece of candy out of Thad’s mouth? He nearly choked himself just then. You can have It back, Thad, when you've sung two verses. Don’t be such a baby! Now, good and loud!" “Hark, the herald angels sl-lng—” Schuyler bellowed lustily aud beat time with a drumstick. Seraphina sang with much fervor and many false notes; while little Thad followed the tune manfully, and substltued a “la-la la” when the words proved elusive to his four-year-old memory. The second verse brought to a suc cessful issue, Schuyler dismissed the chorus and turned to the door. "You see 'f you can’t teach Thad the words of that second verse while I go downstairs and get sAne joss sticks for the censer,” he told Sera phina. Schuyler Van Brunt was working un der difficulties. Doctor Post had told him of the old English custom of sing ing carols in the streets on Christ mas morning. It had taken a strong hold on the boy’s fertile imagination— so strong a hold that he had planned to smuggle Seraphina and Thad from the house, when Chrlßtmas came, and to sing a carol out-of-doors In true English fashion. Then, just when he needed Doctor Post's advice most, there had been some vague trouble between the doc tor and Aunt Margaret. Aunt Marga ret no longer wore the diamond ring on the third finger of her left hand, and Doctor Post came no more to the house. It was very disheartening. Schuyler wanted to ask Doctor Post a score of questions about the carols. Did the people who sang them wear surplices, like the choir boys in the Christmas procession at St. Jude's? Did they stand still or march around while they sang? These and other points sadly taxed his eight-year-old Intellect. But his determination to sing that carol in the street never faltered. Hence the secret rehear sals in the nursery. After much "deliberation, he decid ed that surplices would lend dignity to the occasion, and this decision was furthered by the thought that night gowns would make very passable sur plices. Then, a tomato can suggesting possibilities, he added a censer*to the properties. A tomato can punched full of holes, swung on the gilt cord that comes about candy boxes, and filled with burning joss-sticks, would make a beautiful censer. It was Christmas Eve, and Schuy ler’s plans were complete. He felt sure they would put up a very credit able carol In the morning, even if Doc tor Post's advice had not been obtain able. As he crept upstairs with the joss-stick, which he had begged from Agnes, the second girl, he felt that the last obstacle had been surmount ed. “Come on now, ouce more,” he said as he entered ,the nursery door. “Elsa will be up with supper In a minute. We’ve Just time before she comes. Stand up, Thad. Yes, I'll let you have a piece of the joBS-stlck If you’ll sing good and loud. Now!” 11. Very early In the gray of the Christ mas dawn Schuyler awoke, bounced out of bed, and began to rouse his co horts. He tiptoed to Seraphlna’s lit tle white cot and indulged in a series of vigorous shakes and punches. “Get up! Get up, Seraphina! It's time to go out and carol,” he whis pered hoarsely. Seraphina arose, and, sitting on the side of her bed, blinked at him re proachfully. Little Thad was already awake and ready for anything which •savored of exciting novelty. The two -\ elder children dressed hurriedly, and between them they mtfhaged to put on little Thad's clothes. Then Schuy ler crept' noiselessly to the hall below and returned with coats and hats and mlttenß. When they had bundled themselves into these outer garments, each donned a "surplice.” At the last moment Schuyler bethought him of the brilliant cord on his father’s bath robe, and at the imminent peril of dis covery he stole Into Mr. Van Brunt's dressing-room and returned with the coveted cord encircling his small waist. This finishing touch, he felt sure, made him quite sllke the altar boys at St. Jude’s. He fished beneath his bed and drew out the tomato can censer filled with the toss-stick. "Come on!" he whispered, and led the way down the wide Btalrs. With a caution worthy of better things, he shot the bolts and openod the front door. The three grotesque figures stole silently out and stood on the stoop in the cold Christmas dawn.. The air' was still and biting; the si lence of the streets appalling. Sera phina’s mind reverted to the luxury of the bed she had just quitted. "O-o-oh!” she chattered “It’s cold —aw-awful c-cold to be out In your nightie!” Schuyler snorted scornfully. "Haven’t you got enough on under neath it?” he demanded angrily, and Seraphlna .was silenced. “C-o-old!” echoed little Thad, and then, evidently thinking the sooner he caroled the sooner he would be back in the house, he began in his piping voice: “Hark, er heral dangel—" - Schuyler thrust a hand over his mouth. "Shut up!” he Baid disgustedly. "Do you want Elsa to come out and sneak us back into the house? Come on, now!" He led the way down the steps and around the corner, where he paused to light the joss-stick in the tomato can. When they started again, little Thad tripped on his night-gown sur plice and went sprawling into the gut ter. He was rescued, howling; but not until he had been promised unlim ited candy could the march be taken up again. “Who are you going to sing your carol to?" demanded the practical Seraphlna. . “Ninny! To no one In particular.” said Schuyler. “You ought to sing it to some one," she persisted. "Well, who?" he challenged; but Seraphlna was unable to defend her point thus specifically. "I'll tell you," he compromised, "we'll go to Doctor Post’s. We ll sing it on the way, and sing it to him, too.” Through the deserted suburban streets they marched; Schuyler in the lead, swinging his smoking censer val iantly; Seraphlna ambling along in his wake; and little Thud bringing up the rear, his strange surplice bearing unmistakable evidence of the gutter from which he had been recently fished. And on the still winter air roße the three childish voices In the old, old hymn. Doctor Post heard them caroling cn the lawn, and came to the door in his bathrobe. The three strangely garbed figures met ills astonished gaze. “Good I.ord! What have we here?” he gasped. “We're heral dangels," piped little Thad. “We’re Christmas carolers," correct ed Schuyler with much dignity. “I'm frozen,” chirped Seraphlna. The doctor made a heroic effort to maintain his gravity. "Come In, come in and get warm," he said. “Merry Christmas to you!” They filed up the Bteps into the warm, wide hill, the tomato can send ing out its reek of burning joßs-stlck. "I would like to ask if carolers gen erally wear surplices and carry cen sers?" Schuyler questioned doubtfully. The doctor's eyes twinkled. "The best 1 ever heard did,” he said gravely. At that moment the telephone bell whirred wildly, and this is what they heard the doctor say: "Hello! Yes, this Is Doctor Post talking. Who? Oh, U'b you, Marga ret!" —he lingered affectionately on the word— “Y-e-s. Now don't be alarmed. They’re not lost. In fact, they’re here with me this- minute. THE CHEYENNE RECORD. They came to sing me a carol In good old English fashion. No, don't trouble to send Elsa; I’ll send them home In the carriage as soon as I can get Dan up. Not at all! Oood-by! Oh, Marga ret, merry Christmas! Perhaps, If you don’t mind, I’ll drive over with them. Thanks. Good-by!” Half an hour later a carriage drew up before the Van Brunt house, and from it emerged Schuylgr, Seraphlna. Thad and Doctor Post. Mrs. Van Brunt and Aunt Margaret met the cav alcade at the door. • “Oh! Oh!” said Mrs. Van Brunt, gathering the three strange little fig ures In her arms, while tears of mer riment ran down her face. Doctor Post had turned to Margaret "I thought I’d come with the herald angels,” he said laughingly, “and let them plead ‘peace on earth and mercy mild' tor me.” Her eyes softened. A hesitating smile trembled on her lips a moment uncertainly, the next moment with no uncertainty whatever. And then ha knew that the herald angels had ac complished an unwitting mission. (Copyright. Frank A. Munsey Co.) “MALIHINI" CHRISTMAS TREE How Americans In Honolulu Intro duced Yuletide Festivities Which Are Now Observed Annually. 'EVERAL years ago a num ber of tourists who were I spending the winter monthß in Honolulu wanted to cel ebrate Christmas In some way. They could hardly ) realize that it was the win try season, as the trees and 1 grass were green, and crowds of people were on the beachee and swimming In the ocean every day; and so they thought of a novel Idea; they would have a Christmas tree out of doors, and ln- They procured a very large tree, and after bavlng set It up In a park In the center of the town, they decorat ed it lavishly with popcorn, tinsel and all other ornaments that are used for the purpose. Cotton was strewn free ly over the branches to Imitate snow, which has never been seen by the little folks in Hawaii. The decora tions complete, and everything In readiness, the children were all noti fied of this wonderful tree through the newspapers, and. on Christmas morning thousands of little ones of all nationalities represented in these islands made a picturesque sight, dressed In the costumes of their par ents' home country. They eagerly watched Santa Claus as he unties the dolls and the jump-ropes and jack knives from the heavily laden branches and distributed them freely to every one. It was evident by the happy little faces that the day was a huge success, end ever since then this idea has been carried out by the community, and is called the “Mall hini," or strangers’ Christmas tree.— Dorothy M. Hoogs, In St. Nicholas. A STARTLING TOTAL. Winks —I felt sorry today that 1 ever learned the rudiments of arith metic. Dinks—What were you doing? Winks —Adding up the number ol my relatives who expect Christmas presents from me. German Christmas Custom. In Germany—the home of folk-lore, sentiment and family love —the inev itable Christmas tree not only glit ters over the laughing, living children, dancing beneath it, but even spreads its mild radiance over tbe cold and cheerless graves in bleak and wintry cemeteries. No mother who has such a little mound out there in the "God's- Acre" will, while providing Christmas cheer for her happy, noisy, living brood, entirely forget that lonely lit tle spot in the dark and the cold; but will find a moment in the busy day— * half-hour between the dusk of Christ mas eve and the dawn of Christmas morning—in which to visit the ceme tery; there to plant on Baby's grave a small candle-bearing tree or branch, and to stand beside it until the tiny lights have all gone out. It Is a pa thetic Bight to meet with in almost every German cemetery; for even Id those Berlin, Leipzig, Bremen and Magdeburg there will be some sticb little Christmas graves. Suburban Life TO BE MADE WITHOUT EGGS They Are Not Neceeeary Either In Cab bage or Salad Draaalng or Sur priae Molasses Cake. Cabbage or Salad Dressing—Melt In a double boiler one generous table spoonful of butter. Add to It one tablespoonful of flour, one teaspoonful of sugar, one-half teaspoonful of made mußtard, three dashes of paprika, one quarter teaspoonful of salt, white pep per to taste. When these are well blended add slowly, stirring constant ly to avoid lumps, one-half pint of boiling water and three drops of Wor cestershire sauce. Continue stirring until thick. Cook five minutes; If too thick put In a little more water. Should the dressing be for cold slaw pour it while hot over finely shredded cabbage; If for salads use when cold. Surprise Molasseß Cake —Put Into a deep agate pan one-half pint of baking molasses, two generous tablespoonfuls of sweet lard, the grated rind of one orange, one-quarter teaspoonful of salt and one small teaspoonful of baking soda. Put these on the fire for two minutes to melt; remove, heat for two minutes; pour In one gill of boiling water, stir up and add one pint good measure of sifted flour, heat long enough to remove lumps. Grease twelve large muffin pans and put in batter, which will seem thin; bake 20 minutes in a brisk oven; take care that it does not burn. HOT COLD WEATHER DESSERT Either Apple Pudding Without Egge or Steamed ■ Chocolate Pudding Will Be Appreciated. Apple Padding Without Eggs: One cup of beef suet chopped quite fine, one cup of sifted flour, one-half tea spoonful of salt. Mix these Ingredi ents with a very little water, making a stiff dough; roll out to one-fourth of an Inch In thickness, heap the center with three or four apples sliced very thin, fold the edges of the dough over the apples, tie up the pudding In a cloth which has been wrung out In cold water and then lightly sprinkled with flour; set In a kettle of boiling water, and let boll an hour and a quarter. Serve with cream and sugar. Steamed Chocolate Pudding: Beat one .egg, add gradually one cup of milk, sift Into tiffs two cups of flour mixed with three level teaspoonfuls of baking powder and one-fourth tea spoonful of salt; add one tablespoon of melted butter, two squares of melt ed chocolate and one-half cup of sugar. Turn Into a well-buttered melon mold and steam for two and one-half hours. Serve with vanilla sauce. Baked Fillets of Halibut. One thin slice of halibut, lemon Juice, salt and pepper. Cut the flsh carefully away from the central bone. This will give four strips from the slice of flsh. Remove the skin, roll each portion of flsh Into a compact shape and fasten It with a wooden toothpick. Butter a shallow baking dish and lay the fish In it. Season and squeeze lemon juice over each roll. Cover with greased paper and bake 15 minutes. Serve preferably on Individual plates, having the flsh covered completely with Ilollandaise sauce and garnished with parsley, cut lemon and shoestring potatoes. Timbale of Salmon. One can of salmon, four eggs, four tablespoons cream, salt and pepper to taste. Remove the salmon from the can and reject all bone and skin. Mash the salmon fine, adding slowly the crCam, then add the salt and pepper and the yolk of the eggs well beaten. Beat the whites of the eggs to a still froth, then stir them carefully Into the mixture. Fill greased custard cups two-thirds full of this mixture and put cups in a pan of hot water and bake 15 minutes. When serving, a pan of peas heated and placed as a border on the dish In which the timbales are served, makes a dainty dish. A Chef Confides. That cilery roots grated and satu rated in vinegar and salt make a de licious and economical relish on cold meats. Broiled oysters dipped in boiling butter and lemon Juice are Invariably much Improved. Mushrooms are much Improved (to the taste of some palates) by steeping them in olive oil preparatory to cook ing them. Roquefort cheese and lettuce hearts Is a course by Itself at well regulated dinner parties. Bacon Pie. Butter a baking disk and put In a layer of mashed potato, then a layer of thin slices of bacon. Season with pepper and a little onion. Have the last layer of potato, pour In sufflclent milk to moisten It. Bake in a hot oven. Baking Potatoes. Before baking potatoes always let them stand In hot water for 15 min utes. They require only half the time for baking and are more mealy and palatable. Temperance (Conducted by the National Woman'* Christian Temperance Uriion.) GREAT RACE POIBON. Excerpts from address by Col. L Mervin Maus, M. D. Chief Surgeon Eastern Division, United States Army, before the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Boston.) Research, experiments, the epilep tics and feeble-minded institutions, in sane asylums, prisons and the post mortem table constantly teach us what alcohol Is doing for the human race. There remains no longer any doubt of the special and general re sults of the great "racial poison" on child, man, race or community. Few people understand the far-reaching ef fects of alcohol on the family, and the race at large. It is an intricate and difficult problem to approach on ac count of its social connection with many of the most prominent and In fluential men and women of the coun try, who still hold very liberal views concerning its use. Following the general use of whisky as a beverage fifty years ago many of the most prominent and intellectual families of our have been eliminated and not infrequently In the second generation. Many of their representatives became drunkards and died childless, or left children cursed with feeble mind, epilepsy, tu berculosis, insanity, or some other form of degenracy, which rendered fertility impossible. Study the family records that have been gathered by the eugenists on the subject of aloo hoi and the thinking world will stand aghast. The role that alcohol plays in dis ease, pauperism, racial degeneracy and graft makes Its control by the state absolutely necessary, and in order to save society the saloon must go. To accomplish this necessary reform no candidate for state or municipal office should be indorsed by the medical pro fession who has not stated satisfac torily his platform on the control of the three great social evils—prostitu tion, venereal disease and the saloon. Total abstinence should become a re quirement of every official holding of fice within the suffrage of the people. The importance of the duties which lawmakers. Judges, state and munici pal officials, the army, navy and police are called upon to perform, demands the highest class of intelligence and efficiency, qualities which are Impos sible with drinking men. Besides, the alcoholic addict Is more liable to lend himself to graft and corruption In of fice than the total abstainer. The physician who strives for racial per fection mus£.cllng to total abstinence, for there can be no compromise on the great question of temperance. In order to build up a strong, virile peo ple we must protect the young against the race poison, remembering that the child of today Is the citizen of to morrow. POLICE COMMISSIONER ON LI QUOR. "While police commissioner in San Francisco in 1907-9, it was my cusrom to examine the records in the city prison frequently, showing all the crimes and other particulars attend ing arrests that numbered about 200 daily, and my conclusion was that fully ninety per cent, were due di rectly or indirectly to the use of liquors," says A. D. Cutler, a former commissioner of police of San Fran cisco. "All saloons in San Francisco," he continues, “were closed for thirty days, following the great fire in April, 1900, the result being that there was so little police duty necessary in spite of the great confusion growing out of the fire, that one-half the police force were given vacations for periods of from ten to thirty days. When the saloons were again opened the offi cers on vacation were recalled as It ®as deemed necessary to place the entire force on duty because of the increased crime and disorder." “DRY" STATISTICS. Two-thirds of the geographical area of the United States is dry ter ritory. In 186 S there were 3,500,000 people living in territory where the drink traffic had been outlawed; In 190(5 that number had Increased to 18,000,000; in 1908 the number had doubled; and today there are 46,029,- 750 persons, or a fraction over one half of the population of the country, living in dry territory. In the last five years the no-licenße population has increased a little over 10,000,000, which Is more than ten per cent, of the total population of the nation and thirty per cent. Increase in the num ber living in dry districts. Since 1868 the population of the country has doubled, while the number of lnhab- • Hants of dry territory has Increased over thirteenfold. Of the nine total abstinence states, four have constitutional and five have statutory laws. Of the remaining thirty-nine states, thirty-six are under some form of local option.